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Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
ii. >>> the fiscal cliff is a battle of ideological will, some americans feel strongly that increasing taxes on anybody hurts the economy. it's quite possible that's true. the central question is whether it will hurt that much to raise incox taxes a little bit on the highest part of the highest earners in the country. to push the country to the edge of a recession over this is quite irresponsible. the increase in taxes will hardly affect the economy. but you know, that's my opinion. my opinion should count as much as anyone else's. the problem is in washington, one person's opinion carries disproportionate weight. that person is grover norquist, the head of americans for tax reform. a group that's got a pledge that most members of the republican congress signed saying they won't raise taxes under any circumstances. i spoke to norquist after friday and asked him about taxes and almost relimgous belief that tax increases, any tax increase is bad for the economy. >> we've seen that whenever you raise the capital gains tax. the top margins tax, tax increases distract from what the country needs to do. we need to deal with our run
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
dangerously close to a fiscal cliff. >> we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> alas, this is how we do things now, create economic storms then look to provide an umbrella at the last possible second. we avert disaster but move no closer to solving our long-term economic problems. after a moment of spiritual clarity on friday afternoon, harry reid is working on a bipartisan deal ostensibly with his republican adversary mitch mcconnell. >> -- engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> well, if the senate manages to reach a compromise, the hope is that the house would follow. that's option one. the green one. option two is less certain. president obama reportedly challenged congressional leaders from both parties on friday to come up with a deal better than the one he proposed. the center piece of which is that the top marginal tax rate will increase
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